Relief as major health union votes to accept pay offer that can end strikes

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03 / 3 / 2015 4.25pm

Unison today announced its ballot result showing that their members accept a Government pay offer made in January.

Its outcome, combined with positive ballot results from other unions over the past week, strongly indicates an end to current NHS industrial action.

Responding to the ballot results, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“It is now very likely these difficult months of NHS industrial action are over. This will be a huge relief for many patients, staff and health services.

“This is a clear signal that the NHS is entering a new phase where all parties must work together in partnership to ensure that the national pay system is sustainable for the future. Any solution will need to support better, safer and more responsive services to patients and more efficient use of NHS resources.”

Last week both the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal Society of Radiographers announced ballot results that were strongly in favour of accepting the offer. This was followed by the GMB yesterday.

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Notes for editors:

  • The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
  • Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter at @NHSE_Danny and NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers

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